While 2.19 lakh students are getting ready for the Common
Admission test (CAT) 2015 on Sunday, numerous are occupied with packing off to
a close-by city from where they will have to appear for the test. Numerous
students, who have far away exam centres this year, are looking out/offering
carpooling choices on online exchange forums. Others are travelling together as
well as staying together in urban areas where they have been allocated centres.
Numerous Mumbai students have centres in Pune, Nashik and Surat.
The quantity of hopefuls enlisted for CAT for admissions to
the premier Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) is the highest since 2010,
with a jump of more than 22,000 from a year ago. This year, the IIMs will hold the
exam just on one day in two slots. Since the test went online a couple of years
prior, it was led over a window period in various slots. A year ago, the
coordinators led the exam more than two days, while this year they have chopped
it down to one. This could be a motivation behind why students have far away
centres this year, said a training institute teacher. "It is great that
the openings have decreased as it will guarantee that students getting later
slots don't have the leverage of knowing the questions beforehand," said a
Online portals which hold discussion forums for CAT hopefuls
saw numerous students offering and looking for carpooling choices, from Mumbai
to Surat, Delhi to Meerut and Gurgaon to Meerut. VinayakKudva, head of a
coaching institute, said they have prompted their students to travel a day or
two preceding the exam. "It is more secure to be in the city a night prior
to the exam. Numerous students have hired condos and plan to stay together for
a couple of nights," said Kudva. Vinay S, a Mithibai College student, was
in Nashik on Friday with the goal that he can give full focus to his
preparation for two days. "I have booked a hotel room here, four
companions will go along with me on Saturday morning," said Vinay.
There are three sections instead of two in CAT this year
which were featured in the last few years. Allwin Agnel of Pagalguy, an online
portal said that the CAT has reverted back to its old format. CAT-2015 is a
three section exam with a time limit for each section. It is mandatory that the
students perform well in every area to clear cut-offs for each section. An
online calculator will also be provided to students in this year's CAT 2015.